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MARTIN WILLOUGHBY — Doug Dale’s self-awareness helps lift him to top of his game

Anthony Tjan, co-author of Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck, noted in a Harvard Business Review article that, “There is one quality that trumps all, evident in virtually every great entrepreneur, manager, and leader. That quality is self-awareness. The best thing leaders can to improve their effectiveness is to become more aware of what motivates them […] [...]

JOSH MABUS — Inbound marketing is fueled by wishful thinking

by Published: February 26,2015

Tags: Business, Josh Mabus, Mississippi, NEWS, Tupelo

I have had many people try to convince me inbound marketing is the most effective tool for marketing in the online era, but I’m not biting. For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, it basically says that through blogs, social media posts and search-engine optimization a business can attract strangers to interact with your […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE — ABC notches record ad sales for Academy Awards

ABC scored record sales of commercial time this year for the 87th Annual Academy Awards show. The price of a 30-second commercial spot during the telecast reached an average of $1.95 million, up 8 percent from last year, according to the Los Angeles Times. The lofty prices could help the network rake in more than […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — Delbert Hosemann: An unsung hero chooses to remain so

My son and his Boy Scout troop had a rare treat this past Sunday. Mississippi’s Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann delivered the keynote speech to a group of newly awarded Eagle Scouts. Hosemann honored those who had gone the extra mile to earn their Eagle and encouraged younger scouts, like my son, to not give up, […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD — Mississippi’s thin racial veneer

by Published: February 22,2015

Tags: Business, education, Mississippi, NEWS, Racism

Race persists as a predominant part of Mississippi life. There are the disparities revealed by objective facts:   Most Republicans are white. Most African-Americans are Democrats. All statewide elected officials are white. Most prison inmates are black. Most wealthy Mississippians, business owners, bank executives, physicians, and plant managers are white. Most poverty-level Mississippians and non-elderly […] [...]

JEFFREY GITOMER — Turn ideas into ACTION to have a GREAT Year

by Published: February 19,2015

Tags: advertising, Business, gitomer, Mississippi, PR

Everyone wants to have a great year, and many start with a flurry. Problem is that many can’t keep up the momentum or maintain the dedication to make “great” a reality. The health clubs and gyms are already less crowded. Last week I posted my list of 21.5 things to do so that you can […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Girls running a filling station? Girls as pilots in WW II? Yes!

Fannie Flagg has been described as a born storyteller. Who can argue with that? Best known for writing Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, which became a hit movie, this Alabama author has written another good book. Pat Conroy says of The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion, “A beautifully told tale, world-class humor, […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE — Brian Williams’ trust ratings drop faster than anyones since Tiger Woods

It’s hardly a secret that Brian Williams and NBC are in trouble – more than 46 percent of voters in The Marketing Arm joint TVNewser poll last week said, “his career is over.” Now, headlines in The New York Times and PR Week note that Williams had lost his “lofty spot on a trustworthiness scale.” […] [...]

ALAN TURNER — Michael Callahan has a big job covering most of state

After growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, Michael Callahan says that he figured out that football was one avenue to career success. “I wound up going to the University of Southern Mississippi on a football scholarship,” he said in a recent meeting.  “I was the first member of my family to go to college, and I […] [...]

MARK BLACKWELL — Diversification is challenging for business owners

Savvy investors don’t put their entire portfolio in a single stock, yet owners of privately held businesses often keep the bulk of their wealth in one enterprise – their own.  This concentration means that business owners face a myriad of financial risks that others don’t have to worry about. For one, if anything hurts the […] [...]

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